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Meet the animals as Disability Fun Day returns to Tilgate Nature Centre in Crawley

The Disability Fun Day returns to Tilgate Nature Centre on Sunday 1 September!



For the second consecutive year, Crawley Borough Council’s Wellbeing Team is hosting a fun day for local children, young people and families.

From 10.30am-3pm, you’ll be able to:

  • Meet and take pictures with the animals
  • Watch feeding time with Alf the Tapir, meerkats and reindeer
  • Listen to animal talks
  • Join in arts and crafts activities
  • Get your face painted.

The Adventure Zone will also be putting on a special closed session from 9.30-11am.

Tickets for the event are £13 per family (includes up to two adults, three children and one carer – £11 with a Compass Card), £6 per adult and £4 for children under 18 (£3 with a Compass Card).

The council’s Community Development Team, Autism Support Crawley and the Tilgate Nature Centre Team are collaborating with Crawley Wellbeing to deliver the event.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said:

“I’m proud that we’re able to offer people of all ages and abilities the chance to come and enjoy the animals with their friends and families.

“At the council, inclusivity is very important to us; no one should lose out because they have different needs and abilities. So if you’re free on Sunday 1 September, bring all the family down to Tilgate Nature Centre!”

You can book in advance or turn up on the day. If you register online the programme will be emailed to you before the event. To register your place, visit


Labour say they will boost Sussex Police’s gang unit to tackle surge in violence

The party says that Sussex Police will be given the extra staff to tackle its high rates of gang related violent crime.



In April last year, Labour announced its support for Violence Reduction Units modelled on the Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) in Glasgow, which is responsible for implementing the successful crime reduction initiative.

The party says their approach of treating violence as a public health crisis has been reported for reducing violent crimes by around 40% over the last decade and murders reduced to their lowest level since 1976.

They say that the expansion of Violence Reduction Units will be complemented by investment to tackle reoffending rates. Labour will fund innovative crime-busting pilot schemes with a £20m annual Justice Innovation Fund for Police and Crime Commissioners and local criminal justice boards where these schemes will develop and trial best practice in reducing re-offending.

They say that re-offending costs are estimated at £18bn per year with re-offending rates at 65% for those released following a short prison sentence.

 Peter Lamb, Council Leader and Labour’s candidate in Crawley, said:  “We’ve all seen the impact of the Conservatives’ cuts in unleashing a wave of crime and antisocial behaviour in Crawley’s town centre and neighbourhoods.

“The Conservatives and the Lib Dems have spent a decade supporting brutal cuts to Sussex Police. There’s no way we can trust them to support our police officers in the future. It’s only by getting real officers back on the beat that we can tackle the problems residents are raising daily in our town.

Richard Burgon, Labour’s Shadow Justice Secretary, said: “Under the Tories reoffending rates are far too high, meaning more victims of crimes and less safe communities. Labour will prioritise reducing the number of victims of crime and tackling the huge social and economic costs of offending.

“Our Criminal Justice Innovation Fund will help local experts invest in schemes that work best to tackle reoffending in their areas.”

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